#23 ~ Learn to meditate ~ DONE

As of February 29, 2016 I can officially mark this off my list ๐Ÿ˜€

Learning to meditate is something I wanted to learn for a long time and I’m glad the opportunity presented itself via Darebee and its monthly challenge, you can see it here.

I liked that it was simple, which makes sense because it is meant to be as uncomplicated as possible.
I particularly enjoyed the Equal Breathing, that got me right into the zone real quick! The OM Mantra totally didn’t work for me, because quite frankly it was so boring and made it seem like work. Moving from thought to thought until I ran out of things to think about and focusing on my breathing is what worked best for me.

And even though this challenge is finished I plan to continue doing ten to fifteen minutes, at least, a day for the foreseeable future as it is soooo relaxing ~ ~ !

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#37 – Do a polar bear swim ~~ DONE!

One of my good friends asked if I wanted to do this with her this year and I agreed right away as it was on my Bucketlist as well!!

We debated doing our own swim as I live like five minutes from the lake or going downtown to the event that is being held this afternoon.

We obviously decided to do our own this year and we both would like to do it again next year. It’s likely we will probably do it as part of an event though.

Walking to the beach access by my house ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

Walking to the beach access by my house ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

Me & my friend getting ready ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

Me & my friend getting ready ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

Apparently we needed to look like "bosses". Definitely not the image that is portrayed haha ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

Apparently we needed to look like “bosses”. Definitely not the image that is portrayed haha ~ Photo credit to Kevin Lavigne

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#51 Have a Star Wars Movie Marathon ~ DONE

I actually finished this at the beginning of the week, but I just kept forgetting to post this here.

I really, really wanted to get this done before the newest movie comes out next month. Not because I needed (or wanted) to have the movies fresh in my mind, that isn’t even necessary as I am such a huge fan, but I didn’t want to have to watch seven movies in one go haha

Sitting through just one movie is a HUGE challenge for me, so six movies was super difficult!! I’m very glad that I got this done ๐Ÿ™‚

Lock Screenshots below from my phone for the start of each movie, needed to have some kind of proof that it happened!


Episode 1: The Phantom Menace ~ Start Time

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace ~ Start Time

Episode 2: Attack of the Clones ~ Start Time

Episode 2: Attack of the Clones ~ Start Time

Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith ~ Start Time

Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith ~ Start Time

Episode 4: A New Hope ~ Start Time

Episode 4: A New Hope ~ Start Time

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back ~ Start Time

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back ~ Start Time

Episode 6: Return of the Jedi ~ Start Time

Episode 6: Return of the Jedi ~ Start Time

Thanks to Hulkhands for sticking it out through the first two movies and part of the third *thumbs up*
And thanks to my brother, Richie, for making it through the second movie to the fourth with me (plus, geeking out with me too :P)
The company was helpful for keeping me awake!

I need more friends who are as into Star Wars as I am ~~~ !!!!!

*Those Updates I Was Talking About

I finally sat down yesterday to take a look through my list and complied what I am working on at the moment or going to be starting now/soon.

(#2) Learn all songs by all artists/bands that I own and review/rate
~ This is always in progress! I might need to put a “ban” on acquiring new music for a time period so I actually make some forward progress ๐Ÿ˜› I do have a few Music Review drafts that I just need to finish up and then I can post them. Lately, I am listening to Kpop and some older artists like Phil Collins, Goo Goo Dolls, and Bryan Adams.

(#12) Learn to box and/or kickbox
~ I got a few tips after a particular grueling class this summer with a friend and I practice several times a week at home. So glad I have my own equipment at home! Plus, I added Pylometric training into my workout regime and upped my plank routine too. It is no joke! Seriously. I would like to take a regular class eventually but for now this is adequate.

(#42) Get over my fear of heights
~ I am actually going to mark this one off. This summer I went rappelling and climbed the side of a cliff without any ropes(!), I would have gotten further if my arms weren’t off the short, t-rex variety! I wouldn’t say that heights don’t scare me anymore but I don’t let it stop/immobilize me from doing something anymore if it’s up high. This is an amazing feeling!! I need to give my brothers a huge thank you because the motivation of not being teased for the foreseeable future is rather great haha *thumbs up*

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#48 ~ Be able to do 200 sit-ups in one set — DONE!

When I got to the Spring of this year I honestly questioned whether I would be able to actually accomplish this goal, I wasn’t sure I could physically pull it off. I suffered a few injuries throughout the summer (thanks to my own eagerness and pushing myself too hard *bad Val*) and therefore struggled to keep a consistent workout schedule for all types of training for a few months.
And now within the time frame I wanted to get this goal done in (before the end of October this year), I DID IT!!! * insert silly happy dance here* hahaha

My core will be so sore tomorrow ~~ Already feeling it in my obliques!

I just need to keep it up, which shouldn’t be a challenge as I have a good routine for the most part with my core workouts. Plus, I like having decent abs ๐Ÿ˜›

I will be focusing more on my push-up goal now, just over half way to my goal of 50 push-ups at the moment.

I had intended to do an update post a while ago now but I just haven’t had the time… I will try to fit it in today or tomorrow, providing that I get my son’s school lessons organized for the week done and my math unit done this morning!

*updates, updates, updates!!

This first chunk of items is stuff that is kind of always ongoing. Some progress, but not necessarily an end in sight as of yet.

(#2) learn all songs by all bands/artists I have in my possession ~ always picking up new music, but I’ve been only listening to music lately when I am working out or running.

(#12) learn to box/kickbox ~ no official training yet, but I go through combos that I pick up from other people and practice keeping my guard up. Apparently there is a place nearby that only charges fifty bucks a month, which is an amazing deal!

(#13) be able to do 50 push-ups ~ I’m back up to 30 again just trying to make sure that I don’t hurt my shoulder. Slowly, but surely!

(#15) write music to all my songs and share with one person ~ I’ve been a touch more focused on this as of late. Especially since it’s been so hot out and it’s been tough to fall asleep.

(#48) be able to do 200 sit-ups ~ still only at 100 a set at the moment. I will start working harder on this one soon.

(#82) read all the classics ~ I haven’t had much time to read lately so no progression with this over the last few months.

(#104) read all my books and review/rate ~ basically the same thing as I mentioned on the previous one… I’ll try to make more time for some reading before the summer is over!

(#113) no more swearing ~

(#123) be able to do a handstand ~ in progress!

(#129) be able to do the splits in both directions ~ to the side is coming along alright, definitely more flexible than I used to be, but still a ways to go.

The fitness goals on my list kind of took a backseat to my training for my race at the end of May, so it’s been a slower process of fitting them all back into my daily workouts.

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#105 Finish Back Piece ~~ DONE!

This is almost two weeks overdue now, but better late than never, right!!

I had my last sitting for my back piece (that Iย started nearly 8 years ago) right at the end of June.
My artist did an absolutely amazing job, I am so incredibly happy with the finished product ๐Ÿ˜€

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Now I will take a break from tattoos for a bit, maybe a year or two, and most likely start on my sleeve when I go for my next one. Gives me lots of time to think it over and compile as much reference work as possible.

I had a small piece added just above my collarbone for my son at this last sitting too. He’sย been working on printing his name for two years and has hit the mastered mark! Proper letter formation, keeping letters within provided grid space, and the use of a capital at the beginning of his name and lowercase for the rest. It was a long process for him but persistence paid of and I am so very proud of him!!

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I really need to get a post up for what my goals from my list are for the rest of the year, it’s been awhile since I did an update on here. That will be coming soon! I’ll start working on it today, so it should be up tomorrow or the day after. Bye for now ๐Ÿ™‚